The Stolen Years by Debbie Paget
– a wisdom born of suffering and a boundless faith in miracles –
Three years following the death of her daughter, Tina, in 1999 at the tender age of 8, Debbie Paget began writing about her experiences, as much to aid the grieving process as anything else. What emerges from this undertaking is a fascinating and heartfelt story.
Debbie was born into a family of fifteen in Dublin, in the 1960s. She talks candidly about her earliest memories: from a very difficult childhood in the family home, amusing tales concerning neighbours and friends, her days in homeless hostels, school days, family tragedies, abuse, neglect, love and marriage, the birth of her children.
Death, life and love are intertwined in this unique story. It is the particularly sad and untimely death of her darling daughter and first baby girl, Tina that forms the focus. Tina’s short life was one of remarkable courage, strength and laughter in the face of tragedy. Mary McAleese, who got to know Tina well during her first term as President of Ireland (Uachtarán na hÉireann), recalls of those encounters that:
She had a wisdom born of suffering and a boundless faith in miracles. Her mother’s book is one of those miracles.from the Foreword to this edition
Today, Debbie finds great comfort and solace in the spiritual world, where she keeps regular contact with Tina. Her story reveals a fighting spirit and a keen understanding of life in the face of adversity. Debbie is a survivor and her story will amaze, stun, sadden and inspire all who read it. Although Debbie often had to endure the absence of love at crucial times in her life, she is such a loving person and she understands that love is at the core of life itself. Even through death and sadness, love conquers all.
The Stolen Years by Debbie Paget is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.
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